My home is tightly edited. I have an absurd amount of collections & possessions, but I feel quite strongly about the purpose they serve. However this uber organization doesn’t prevent me from recognizing when it is time to let go of the past and knowing how to document it for its future.
Atop my microwave sits a display of tiny toys, figurines, snow globes, robots & novelty soda cans. (In my last apartment that sentence would have described my entire bedroom.) Since I clean, clear & contest other people’s clutter for a living, I need to be able to recognize when it is time to edit my own accumulation.
For Christmas this year I asked my sister for a Foldio because the photojeanie in me needed to remember what the apartmentjeanie was trying to forget. (I’m sure I could throw in a reason how the partyjeanie wanted to save it all for potential tablescapes.) I finally assembled the foldable studio and shot much of what was amassed on the microwave.
Having what resembles a professionally shot photographic record of the object made it so easy to discard. Most of the fun kid stuff went to my design director’s nephew who was visiting the week of my ruthless reduction and the other to the recycling bin. Now only the 3 evaporated snow globes remain which contain my favorite NYC landmarks. I might never look at the photographs again, but I know I have a connection to my past floating in the cloud.
What can you rid of, but keep a memory of?